Synergy Aircraft Project Unveils at EAA
In brief: The physical, full-scale model of the Synergy airplane unveiled at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California.
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Manufacturer: Synergy Aircraft Project / John McGinnis
The airplane, unveiled at the EAS 5 last week, is inventor John McGinnis' entry into the NASA/CAFE Green Flight Challenge scheduled for this July. The prize pot for that contest is $1.65 million.
The design of the aircraft is, as McGinnis describes it, "half sailplane-half fighter jet." Its name comes from the idea that the aircraft synergizes six proven aeronautical principles:
- Laminar flow
- Non-planar configuration
- Wake-immersed propulsion
- Open thermodynamic cycle
- Pressure thrust
- Optimum volumetric displacement waveform
The aircraft's shape produces extremely low induced drag and like the canard designs that inspired it, is incapable of unintentional stalls and cannot "spin" when stalling - proven in this case through computer simulation.
The aircraft is designed around the turbocharged, liquid-cooled, 200hp diesel DeltaHawk engine, which is undergoing FAA certification in Wisconsin.
And so ...
A very cool design with a lot of potential in aircraft of several energy sources.
Photo credits: Synergy / EAA
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